CM asks Irrigation dept to take steps to fight floods
Banerjee on Saturday spoke to the state irrigation minister Rajib Banerjee and asked him to ensure round-the-clock vigil in all the districts and to take necessary steps immediately as and when required. She has also enquired about each and every district. All the District Magistrates have been alerted.
It is learnt that Chief Minister is annoyed with the irresponsible attitude of DVC as they are not paying heed to the state government’s request. It may be mentioned that this is the second time when Banerjee has expressed her concern over the issue. Earlier on August 11 after the administrative review meeting in South 24-Parganas, she had said that Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) releases water in monsoon that creates flood like situation and do not take up project for dredging of water bodies.
The state irrigation department has set up round-the-clock control room in every district and phone numbers of control rooms have also been circulated so that maximum numbers of people get it.
The reason behind gearing up is when the meteorological department has predicted heavy rainfall in the next two days, DVC is also releasing water. As a result the chances of heavy inundation of water in the vulnerable area in South Bengal districts went up.
According to the sources in Nabanna, DVC has released 17,000 cusec of water from Durgapur Barrage and intimation has been given stating that there are possibilities of releasing water up to 50,000 cusec from Panchet and Maithon dams.
With the release water from the dams many parts of the South Bengal districts might face trouble due to heavy inundation of water. Thus, in a bid to ensure minimum loss in the areas, the emergency task force of the state irrigation department will carry out repairing works of embankments on emergency basis have been alerted. There is one task force in every district and the team will reach a spot within the minimum time possible after receiving information that embankments may damage with rise of water level in rivers.
The Kolkata Municipal Corprotaion (KMC) is also prepared to fight with any odd situation so that the city dwellers do not face any trouble.
The engineers have been asked to be alert and necessary steps have been taken to ensure that water do not get logged in the city. The civic body officials are, however, aware that the water level in river Hooghly would go up with the release of water from the dams.